Tuesday, June 03, 2008
A Good Friend and Member of my Congregation
I remember clearly sitting in a pew Sunday morning and hearing the preacher announce the horrifying news… Frank Walkup IV was killed in Iraq. This was Father’s Day 2007. My mind reeled as I tried to process the news. My friend - No, that’s not right - my good friend would not be coming home. A small child would forever know her father as a photograph, and a young bride would only have the memories of her husband’s strong arms around her.
Frank was one of the very first people I taught karate to. I remember him trying so very hard in class, wanting to get every move perfect. His grin when he would nail a technique would light up the dojo. When I close my eyes and think of Frank, I chose to remember this and not the handfuls of Middle Tennessee dirt thudding against the top of a casket and certainly not the protesters that felt his funeral a place to make their opinions on politics known. You see, Frank Walkup was a person who had hopes, dreams, goals, and a life to live. If we, the living, do not honor his sacrifice then he is wasted – and all human life is too precious to be wasted.
Posted by Rob on 6/03/2008